Study Reveals Increase in College Attendance Among Linked Learning Students
Feb 01, 2011
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When rigorous academics are combined with demanding technical learning and real-world experience, students are better prepared to succeed after high school. Embracing that Linked Learning model, the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART), a high school in Clovis, Calif., released data on Jan. 11 that clearly shows Linked Learning can lead to a higher percentage of college enrollments.
The seven-year study found that participation in CART's Linked Learning approach increased the community college entrance rate by 11 percentage points — 71 percent for CART students compared with 60 percent for a demographically similar group of non-CART students. Entrance rates to four-year colleges were also higher for CART students. Read the CART report or the news release announcing the results.
"The message is clear: When students see a connection between what they're learning today and what they're earning tomorrow, they're more successful in the classroom, in college and, ultimately, in the workplace," said California's Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson, as part of the study's release.
The study, funded by the Irvine Foundation, was conducted by the California Partnership for Achieving Student Success (Cal-PASS). While further research is being explored, the college-going findings indicate that CART is serving its students well and holds promise as a model for improving the readiness of California's high school graduates.